- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia
Combe Fields is a small civil parish in Warwickshire, England. The parish has no village, but contains Coombe Abbey, after which it is named, and a few isolated houses. In the 2001 UK census the parish had a population of 114 increasing to 126 at the 2011 UK census.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Combe Fields from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "COMBE-FIELDS, or Combe-Abbey, a quondam extra-parochial tract, now a parish, in Rugby [registration] district, Warwick[shire]; near the Oxford canal and the Fosse way, 3½ miles WSW of Stretton [railway] station, and 5 E of Coventry. Post town: Brinklow, under Coventry. Acres: 4,210. Real property: £6,167. Population: 177. Houses: 37. A Cistertian abbey was founded here in 1150, by Richard de Camville; was given, at the dissolution, to the Earl of Warwick; and passed to Robert Kelway, Lord Harrington, and to the ancestor of the Earl of Craven. Combe-Abbey mansion, the Earl of Craven's seat, was built on the abbey-ruins by Lord Harrington; has undergone changes and extensions; retains parts of the ancient cloisters, in Norman architecture; exhibits mainly Tudor features; includes a front, said to be after a design by Inigo Jones; stands in a park of about 500 acres; and contains a rich collection of pictures."
Combe Fields was considered a parochial tract or area from a time after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s until 1858 when it was made a civil parish. In 1894 it became part of the Rugby Rural District. Since 1974 it has been part of the non-metropolitan Rugby District.
- The website British History Online provides seven volumes of the Victoria County History Series on Warwickshire. The first (Vol 2) covers the religious houses of the county; Volumes 3 through 6 provide articles the settlements in each of the hundreds in turn, and Volumes 7 and 8 deal with Birmingham and Coventry respectively.
- GENUKI main page for Warwickshire provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
- Warwickshire and West Midland family history societies are listed in GENUKI.
- The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851. There is a list of all the parishes in existence at that date with maps indicating their boundaries. The website is very useful for finding the ecclesiastical individual parishes within large cities and towns.
- A Vision of Britain through Time, Warwickshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
- The two maps below indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.